Retro is the new black. As we reminisce to block out the constant stream of political shenanigans, we going back to our childhood to feel that bit of comfort we had then with all those great chocolate bars and sweets that didn’t seem to make us put a single pound.
I can’t remember what TV show I was watching recently where they we talking about how the internet has made it much easier for people to campaign for their chocolate favourites to be bought back, but you can see it with the Galaxy Counters which has had a bit of a campaign to get them back on the shelves. And they’ve won.
Even though I love artisan and luxury dark chocolate, I’m partial to these bags of chocolate at the more mass market level. I adore Minstrels and can happily finish off a bag of Revels. I typically have these, however, whilst at the cinema. With these sort of chocolates it’s a case of having that background chocolate taste whilst you’re distracted by a good movie as well as having something tactile to play with as you try and consume them whilst not taking your eyes off the movie screen. I see the same sort of thing with these Galaxy Counters.
Just from the aesthetics they very much like Minstrels, in terms of the size and shape. This is something that this is an issue I know Mars are going to have to face. I’m not the only person to think this too. Katie London on the “Bring Back Galaxy Counters!” Facebook Group commented:
“Bought them today….I have to say…I was disappointed they are not the same…they are like minstrels without the crispy coating..too big…and not flat enough…”
That may be so, but what about the taste?
Well the first one I wasn’t all that fond of. But with each and every other one I tried my appreciation increased. At first they do taste a touch too much of milk powder. But as you deplete the bag the flavour seems to become more rounded and complete.
This milder flavour did bring something to mind. With Minstrels they can get a bit too sweet. As you consume more and more the sugar rush is a bit too significant for my liking. But with these Galaxy Counters, with the flavours and sweetness being less acute, you can easily munch on four of five at a go with no problem.
The recommend retail price is £1.69 for a 300g sharing pack, but I can see them reaching £3.20 in cinemas and being as low as £1 as the supermarkets discount them with Mars’s approval – don’t expect them to stay at that price for long though.